I, for one, welcome our new directorial overlord.
Two years ago, I took the helm of Nintendo World Report as its Director, an achievement that marked the pinnacle of my tenure at this website. It's been a great run at the top, but everything must come to an end, and it is with bittersweet emotion that I am stepping down as Director of Nintendo World Report effective today.
Why, you may ask? It's nothing too drastic or dramatic, really; I'm not succumbing to a terminal illness, I'm not embarking on a tour of the Far East to "find myself", and I'm not leaving to start a Sony-focused website (that one's for you, NWR forumites). Simply put: it's life, man. The Director's chair demands an individual with more free time than I've had lately, and likely will have going forward, so I decided that it would be best to let somebody else handle the day-to-day operations of NWR. And that individual is current Senior Editor, Neal Ronaghan.
Yes, Neal is now the head honcho. The big cheese (head?). Or, as I refer to him, the Rona-MAN. Neal is no stranger to readers of the site, with consistent high-quality output in the form of news, reviews, interviews, and event coverage, and he's coming to the position with lots of experience, passion, and great ideas for the future. I congratulate him on the promotion! All of our readers should give him a huge round of applause, and thank him for all of his hard work.
Of course, this top-level shuffling affects others as well. Features Editor extraordinaire James Jones will be moving into the Senior Editor role that Neal is leaving, a promotion that he has definitely earned. In addition to being one of the Four Horsemen of our Radio Free Nintendo podcast, James has been instrumental in keeping many major features on-track over the last couple of years. He also does a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes that readers will never see, so this promotion is more than deserved. Look for some more staff shuffling as we work to get our management structure back in order over the next few months.
As for me, I'll be stepping back, but not stepping away. There's still plenty for me to do behind the curtain, and I'm still going to be pestering James and making Greg eat my bullets on RFN. My last act as Director is to pull a Jonny Metts and declare myself a Contributing Editor, a title that may change per the whims of Neal (Cho Aniki Correspondent? Bald Gamer Advocate? The possibilities are endless). Regardless of my designation, I'll still have a hand in making Nintendo World Report the best independent Nintendo website on the interwebs.
Take it easy everybody, and thanks for reading! I'll see you out there.